On Christmas 2011, B bought me an iPod Nano – not a romantic gift, but a very sentimental one since he saw how I ooh’ed and aah’ed over the radio and run tracker features and knew that was the perfect gift for me. Plus, it was pink!
So I created playlists galore, stocked up my iPod, and became acquainted with my new running BFF. I learned that the fitness feature wasn’t very accurate (though I’m sure it would be had I bought the accompanying Nike+ pod thing for your shoes), but that you can set a given amount of time like 2 hours, and the lady-voice will tell you how long you’ve ran in 10 minutes or so increments. I loved the feature of the radio, since if you like a song, the iPod will let you know the title and artist. I didn’t like the jiggle feature which would automatically skip to the next song since I would run with it, but learned that it could be turned off and I could just use the face or sleep/wake button to skip to the next song. It was all sorts of all good until one overcast April morning, when I decided I didn’t want to listen to a song, I tried to fast forward with the sleep/wake button, and it became stuck. In complete denial and mild panic, I tried to fiddle with it to see if I could “pop” it out, but it was all pretty fruitless.
Fairly annoyed since I didn’t have complete autonomy of when I can fast forward (control freak much?), I went to the nearest Apple store and made a beeline to the Genius bar. Apple employees always seem to have a hipster, mellow feel to them, and the guy that helped me was no exception. He explained that since it was under a 1 year warranty, that I could either have it shipped off to get it repaired (because B had engraved sweet nothings in the back of the clip), or I could get a replacement one. Not wanting to be without an iPod and since I had already given my previous iPod Shuffle to my cousin, I went ahead with an instant replacement.
So, I populated this iPod with my favorite playlists (I’ve since learned to create playlists in iTunes rather than straight to my iPod), and for a year, this became my new BFF, accompanying me at the Big Sur Marathon, America’s Finest Half, and numerous runs, hikes, and weights sessions. This was all well and good until this past weekend, when I was out on a run and the sleep/wake button became stuck again. And not only was it stuck, but it was on a repeat loop. And not only was it on repeat loop, but on repeat of Cypress Hill’s “Insane in the Membrane.” Rather than continuing my run on one big musical acid trip, I decided to turn it off by unplugging my earphone, shorten my run, and make a beeline to the Apple Store again.
This time, the warranty ran out, so my option was to either 1) buy a replacement for $60 (actually it was $75, but the guy misquoted the price) or 2) get 10% off the new iPod nano. Originally, I thought about getting the iPod Shuffle again, since it’s simple, straight forward, and didn’t have this mechanical problem. However, since it’s limited to 2G and it costs $44, getting a replacement nano with 16G at $60 that included the radio and fitness feature seemed the better deal. I wasn’t considering the new iPod nano, since 10% off $150 was just too high of a price point (plus it doesn’t have a clip feature from what I could see, which I like on the nano and shuffle).
So, I went ahead and just bought a $60 replacement (which I’m going to cheat and just put in my May “fun” money category), but I’m still bothered by it. One, the original cost B $130-150, so to have two of them break down in less than 1.5 years just seems unreasonable. Two, I’m so wishy-washy that perhaps I should have just gone with the more reliable and simplistic Shuffle, and not the “pretty” but unreliable Nano. And three, the $60 replacement only has a 90 day warranty, when I think it should be for a year since it should be essentially new (though I’m pretty sure replacement ones are refurbished), and I think the sleep/wake button is pretty faulty since I’m not the only one to voice this matter.
B, God bless his calming and diplomatic soul (I’ve seriously seen this guy mad 3 times in the two years I’ve been with him), said to not trip when I was going batsh!t mad over it, reasoning that it’s the nature of electronics, and that in terms of cost per use it was a great deal since I work out almost every day, and for 1-2 hours a day if not more. I’m still a bit mad over it, because I still think phones and gadgets should last at least 2-3 years, especially with a company as popular as Apple. But perhaps that’s just not reasonable since that’s how they keep their business running, and I do admit that iPods are pretty bad arse so I don’t see myself straying from it. So I suppose I just have to suck it up. What do you think, or anyone else had experiences like this?